James Jones, Executive Director MPICT

James B. Jones, Mid-Pacific ICT Center

On why this is important:

James B. Jones is Executive Director of the Mid-Pacific ICT Center, established in October 2008 with a $3 million Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation.

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term, widely used outside the U.S. and in the U.N., to encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming and information systems technologies.

MPICT’s mission is to coordinate, promote and improve ICT education, with an emphasis on 2-year colleges, in northern California, northern Nevada, southern Oregon, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories

Mr. Jones began his career in civil litigation support, in part, to protect old-growth redwoods in northern California. He was a manager in an Australian based company that provided contract programmers to support Bay Area enterprises, and he worked for years as a consultant to Bay Area enterprises, like George Lucas’ companies, in optimizing telecommunications operations.

As Financial Planning Manager for SBC/Pacific Bell, James developed complex financial plans and analyzed financial impacts of regulatory decisions for all wire-line operations in California and Nevada, including financial impacts of FCC conditions on SBC’s Ameritech merger, which became financial plan overlays for SBC 13 state operations. As Associate Director of Strategic Marketing at SBC, he developed, approved and obtained regulatory acceptance for custom contracts, including those for all Internet Service Providers and the Federal government in California. For example, he developed the agreement for SBC’s first OC-192 (10Gbps) SONET service in California – and for the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS), which provides priority access to telecommunications services for government and emergency teams in disasters, like earthquakes.

Mr. Jones was Strategic Marketing Manager at Yipes Communications, developing award winning services and the business development and approval model for all sales. Yipes pioneered the use of Metro Ethernet technology to overcome bandwidth bottlenecks in first mile/last mile access networks.

His most recent consulting business involved optical communications technology training (for example, to Cisco Systems Sales Engineers and Cisco Powered Network Partners worldwide). His implementation projects included managing the relationships with the City of San Francisco that produced City College of San Francisco’s 36 mile optical fiber ring, connecting its major campuses and a major carrier facility with virtually unlimited bandwidth, and managing CCSF’s million dollar replacement of Ethernet equipment connecting 10,000 ports of VoIP phones, computers and other network equipment.

Mr. Jones has a BA degree in German/Liberal Arts from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of Hawaii. He speaks German and Danish and is passionate about ICT and ICT education, the outdoors, his family, cultural perspectives and human development and ideals.

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